We are happy to welcome Jacob Newman to the Earth Mantra family of artists, who brings us a beautiful droney remix of the FM3 Buddha Machine.
For those not familiar, the Buddha Machine is a divine little portable device whose sole purpose is to emit constantly changing ambient music. Here's the URL for the main site:
As you might guess, we at Earth Mantra think this product is one of the coolest things around. But even cooler, FM3 has decided to release the sounds of the device under a Creative Commons license, and in fact actively encourages people to reuse the sounds and remix them into new music. As a result, we encourage all Earth Mantra listeners to check out FM3, and if so inclined, invest in a Buddha Machine of your own.
With this release, Jacob has taken raw material from the Buddha Machine, processed and remixed it, and translated it into a single longform ambient piece of immense depth. One of the coolest things about this piece is how perfectly it satisfies Eno's definition of ambient music: the notion that the music should be as "ignorable as it is interesting". While we would never suggest that 'Buddha Machine' should be ignored, it most certainly makes a perfect backdrop for almost any activity. But likewise, it is also very listenable and approachable, completely suitable for the active listener as well.
Another particularly tasty aspect of Jacob's mix is the patience with which the music evolves. He has blended numerous disparate themes into one cohesive whole, but done it with such sublime patience and care that one almost doesn't notice the transitions when they occur. Truly masterful work.
We are very pleased that Jacob has released his lovely Buddha Machine mix on our label, and hope that this is just the start of more beautiful ambient music from this talented artist.
As always, all Earth Mantra releases are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. For commercial use, please contact us.
Music mixed, recorded, and produced by Jacob Newman. Original textures by Zhang Jian and Christiaan Virant of FM3, used with permission.
Released in May 2009.
Released under the "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported" license, which allows and encourages free use of this material so long as certain conditions are met. Details of this license can be found at:
July 11, 2009 Subject:
Re: Almost Perfect
Wow, you have good ears! :-) Those two glitches should now be resolved. Thanks for a great release, Jacob.
Reviewer:That Mike Nagy Guy
June 9, 2009 Subject:
Listening to a download of the Buddha Machine as I write this. The track does indeed adhere to Standard Eno Mechanics. Jacob, well done.
There are what sound like lap points (meaning a loop doesn't play cleanly), but they work well within the piece.
There is a drop-out @ 26:54 (transition from Red to Blue), and a dip @ 53:52 (transition from Blue to Orange). I hope they weren't intended, because given the nature of the music, they are quite jarring. These are the only two things keeping me from giving the highest rating.
A sprinkle of Audacity, and I will continue to enjoy this work on a regular basis.